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Social Responsibility & Giving Back

We believe that in order to be a successful and thoughtful business, we must give back to the communities that we serve.  Giving back is not something that we do once a year.


We are happy to be the founding sponsor of a new program call The Krinkle Project.



To distribute loot bags to children who are temporarily living in Women’s Shelters.


 We invite you to follow along our journey and help, if you can.

For more information, please visit our website or click on our social links below.



Loot bags are distributed 4 times per year to each shelter.  The program delivers 200 loot bags/backpacks/portfolios per quarter, and by the end of December 2020, will have delivered over 4,400 bags and over 18,000 brand new books.


  • School supplies: backpacks, binders, notebooks, duo-tangs, notepads, pencil cases, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, erasers, sharpeners and glue sticks
  • Craft items:  paint, glitter, origami paper, construction paper, beads, Styrofoam, jigsaw puzzles, yarn
  • Misc items: socks, hair accessories, nightlights, toothbrushes

Families who flee to shelters often arrive empty handed, immediately settling into a new routine. Children have very few, if any, personal belongings and must begin transitioning to a new environment.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff and most importantly the Clients at YWCA Durham, it is with immense gratitude that we thank you for your donation of school supplies, knitted blankets, handmade face masks, face shields, and personal hand sanitizers.

We recognize the hard work and time you put forward to collect, sort, and deliver these items to us and we are all so incredibly grateful. In times like this, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community.

Without you, none of it is possible.

Debra Mattson, Communications & Fund Development Manager

Wendy Leeder, Co-executive & Shelter Services Director

Susanne Groen, Co-Executive & Finance Director

YWCA Durham

The Krinkle Project supports the following eight shelters:

Ernestine’s Women’s ShelterEtobicoke
Halton Women’s PlaceHalton
Herizon HouseAjax
Muslim Welfare HomeWhitby
Nisa HomesMississauga
The Denise HouseOshawa
YWCA of DurhamOshawa
Y’s WishOshawa